Galatians 4:29

“But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But as then hee that was borne after the flesh, persecuted him that was borne after the Spirit, euen so it is now.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him {who was born} according to the Spirit, so it is now also.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him `that was born' after the Spirit, so also it is now.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But as in those days he who had birth after the flesh was cruel to him who had birth after the Spirit, even so it is now.
- Basic English Bible

But as then he that was born according to flesh persecuted him [that was born] according to Spirit, so also [it is] now.
- Darby Bible

But as then he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.
- Webster's Bible

Yet just as, at that time, the child born in the common course of nature persecuted the one whose birth was due to the power of the Spirit, so it is now.
- Weymouth Bible

But as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now.
- World English Bible

but now as this that was borun after the fleisch pursuede him that was aftir the spirit, so now.
- Wycliffe Bible

but as then he who was born according to the flesh did persecute him according to the spirit, so also now;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Galatians 4:29


4:29 But as then, he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, so it is now also - And so it will be in all ages and nations to the end of the world.


People's Bible Notes for Galatians 4:29


Ga 4:29 As then he that was born according the flesh persecuted him. See Ge 21:9. Ishmael persecuted Isaac. Even so [it is] now. So the Jews still persecuted God's spiritual children, the heirs of the promise. Paul "of the Jews had five times received forty stripes save one" (2Co 11:24).

Discussion for Galatians 4:29

  • Agar born of the flesh persecuted Isaac born of the spirit . The verse ends saying- Even so it is now. Does this mean that the flesh continues to persecute the spirit even today. I would say YES. Does it have any reference to Paul 's persecution of Jesus? The flesh verses the spirit? Or am I correct on both accounts?
  • It is no wonder that for the next thirteen years of Abraham s life, Scripture records no actions of faith on Abraham s part. No revelation from God. No apparent fellowship with the Lord. No mention of prayers or sacrifices made. Thirteen years of spiritual barrenness wasted years! But why? Ishmael was the son Abraham produced of his own self effort, his own fleshly dependence, his own human thinking. Ishmael was not the son of promise, the miraculous child that God would bring of divine intervention. Ishmael represents the flesh, whereas Isaac represents the Spirit Gal. 4 28 31 .

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